With two interesting weeks of LCK action completed, the overall landscape of the Korean scene is quite different than what some may have expected. With some surprising results through the two weeks, the LCK power rankings saw quite a bit of movement in the middle of the rankings. So it’s time to take a look at another edition of the power rankings and to take a look at some standings that stand out the most!
Overall Power Rankings
10. APK Prince (0-4)
9. KT Rolster (0-4)
8. Griffin (2-2)
7. DAMWON Gaming (2-2)
6. SANDBOX Gaming (1-3)
5. Hanwha Life Esports (2-2)
4. T1 (3-1)
3. Afreeca Freecs (3-1)
2. Gen.G (3-1)
1. DragonX (4-0)
DAMWON Gaming: Early Struggles
After an amazing 2019 a lot was expected from DAMWON Gaming. However, their start to 2020 has been underwhelming, to say the least. While DAMWON has easily taken care of weaker teams in APK Prince and KT Rolster, the team has been unable to get a win against the stronger teams of the league.
Considering DAMWON was the only team that didn’t make any roster changes for the year, DAMWON should have easily dominated the early stages of the season. Instead, the team looks lost and their star players have been struggling, especially top laner Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon. Along with that, the decision to keep the bot lane tandem of ADC Sin “Nuclear” Jeong-hyeon and support Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee may prove to be hurt them in the long run, especially most top LCK teams were able to upgrade their bot lanes.
Going into Week 3, fans will be able to get a better idea of where DAMWON truly stands in the standings as they’re set to face off against fellow Challenger Korea rivals Griffin and SANDBOX Gaming, who have all struggled as well this split.
Hanwha Life Esports: Draft for Chaos
Hanwha Life Esports has been a fairly pleasant surprise so far this split. While most weren’t expecting too much out of the roster especially with the only ADC on the roster being Jeon “Zenit” Tae-gwon, who struggled during his time on KT Rolster. Instead, much like their split so far. Hanwha threw a curveball and started former support player Oh “Vsta” Hyo-seong in the ADC position instead. While the risk was interesting and potentially risky it has worked out for the team as they’ve been able to get wins off of T1 and SANDBOX Gaming to start the split.
Through the split, Hanwha has demonstrated some interesting drafts which is ultimately highlighted by a composition including Tryndamere top along with a Soraka and Shen bot lane against DragonX.
While how Hanwha will do in the long run is still a huge issue, their early success has been fun to watch. Will this be the split that Hanwha finally makes a solid run into playoffs? Only time will tell, but for now, they sit at 5th in the power rankings.
DragonX: The Dominance of Youth
Coming into Week 2, there were three teams with a 2-0 record. Now there is only one in DragonX, who also sits at the top of the power rankings. Through their 4 win streak, DragonX has been facing off against some solid teams including a match against Afreeca Freecs. As such their win streak hasn’t been a result of an easy schedule but more so as a result of their play.
With mid laner Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon and ADC Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu leading a team of youngsters, every player has been amazing at an individual level and as a team together. While jungler Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon and support Ryu “Keria” Min-seok has been amazing so far this split, looking more like veterans than rookies. Overall, the team has clicked and has been the best team so far in Korea.
Now the questions remains the same: how good is this team? Most importantly, how long will their undefeated streak continue?
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